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Room: Office - 410
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I am interested in the health and culture of the early and central middle ages in Europe, and am currently working on two major research projects:

I previously worked on:

  • The Enclosed Garden: Pleasure, Contemplation and Cure in the Medieval Hortus Conclusus (PI Professor Liz Herbert McAvoy), in which my role was to explore examples of historical enclosed gardens and their owners. Project blog here

I co-edit Social History of Medicine and work part-time at Swansea in a research development role.


  1. Skinner, P. Amalfitans in the caliphate of Cordoba - or not? Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean 24 2 125 138
  2. Skinner, P. From Pisa to the patriarchate: chapters in the life of (Arch)Bishop Daibert (Ed.), Challenging the Boundaries of the Middle Ages: the Legacy of Timothy Reuter 155 172 Turnhout Brepols
  3. Skinner, P. Medieval Writings on Secular Women (Ed.), London Penguin Classics
  4. Skinner, P. Three in a million - an epistemological study of a Portsmouth art project International Journal of Cultural Studies

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  • HIH237 The Practice of History

    The purpose of the module is to encourage you to think more deeply about how historians work and, in particular, about how we as historians can locate and use primary historical sources effectively as a means of interpreting and understanding the past. During the module we will learn about the survival of historical evidence, how it is organised and made accessible to historians to undertake their research, and how to effectively locate and interpret it in your studies. We will consider how the process of doing historical research changes over time, in particular with the impact of recent developments like digitization. At the core of the module will be the work you undertake with others in your seminar group using a range of primary sources which your seminar tutor will introduce to you. As part of the module assessment you will also undertake your own primary source based research project using items from these collections. The module is designed strengthen your analytical skills and to help prepare you for the more extensive uses of primary evidence which you will encounter in final year special subjects and dissertation.


  • Representations of the Mouth in Medieval Health and Culture (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Laura Kalas Williams
  • Recorded Responses to Epilepsy in the Late Antique and Medieval Period (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof David Turner

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